Mulgikapsad is a very popular dish all over Estonia. Kapsad means cabbage and Mulgi is the name of the Estonian province in which the dish originated. A delicious one-dish meal, it requires almost no preparation. Serves four.
2-1/2 lbs. lean fresh pork, in 1 piece
4-1/2 cups sauerkraut
3/4 cup uncooked barley
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
V.S.P. Put meat in a heavy casserole. Cover meat with sauerkraut. Rinse barley in cold water and add to meat with bay leaf, salt and pepper. Be careful with salt, in case the sauerkraut is salty.
Pour in boiling water until barley is covered. Close lid tightly. Simmer over low heat until meat is tender, about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Stir, adjust seasoning and serve.